Women Supporting Women

Women Supporting Women

Two of our affiliates, Perth Rosh Chodesh Women’s Circle, and Beit Chabad Ohel Devorah RCWC, recently held beautiful and meaningful Cheshvan events, supporting each other as women during this time of crisis.

Perth Rosh Chodesh Women’s Circle attracted more than 75 people as Shira Himelstein shared her experiences living in Israel from a young age, emphasising her love of the Holy Land. Linda Friedland also spoke of her family that had unfortunately been directly affected by the war. She raised over $5000 on the night for the family of a captive baby and for equipment for IDF soldiers. Uniting as one through Tehillim and song, the women felt empowered and strengthened and expressed that they were given a perspective shift – despite the darkness, there is some light that we can hold onto. Beautiful Neshek packages were also distributed to continue to spread the light. A Kislev event is currently being planned together with the RCWC.

BCOD (Ohel Devorah) RCWC also held a beautiful and moving event. Maya Rahav wowed the audience with her story of her incredible journey to Yiddishkeit and her experiences in the Israeli army. Rebbetzin Rivkah Groner shared an uplifting message to dispel the darkness, and the women joined in solidarity with Tzedakah, saying the entire Tehillim and enjoying tea and refreshments. It was very comforting to be together with other women who had the same feelings of concern for Eretz Yisroel. Saying the Tehillim made everyone feel more positive since they were actively doing something to help our brothers and sisters in the Holy Land. The women were all eager to attend another event in a month’s time to Please G-d celebrate and rejoice in the victory that the month of Kislev will surely bring with Hashem’s help.

SPECIAL OFFERS: We have extended our special offers until 3nd November for any other groups of women who would like to subscribe as an affiliate group and do a Kislev event. Contact us via our website today.

Eshet Chayil Video Ready and More

Eshet Chayil Video Ready and More

VIDEO: For a small taste of an inspirational and phenomenal RCWC Eshet Chayil 5th annual event, we invite you to view the video on our website. Log in or Register here. Deep appreciation to Rachelle Unreich and Timmy Rubin for sharing their mothers with us, to Galya Chava Cooper for her soulful music and to Perele Goldhirsch for warmly hosting the event.

NEWSLETTER: Look out for our upcoming newsletter featuring inspiration for peace in Israel, a full report on the RCWC event by Rivkah Cohen and more. Subscribe to our newsletter here to receive in your inbox.

AGM: If you would like to help us for future events or volunteer with the RCWC in any way please let us know  before our upcoming AGM on 3rd November.

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Sweet New Year

Shana Tova

Our best wishes for a Shana Tova, a healthy, happy and meaningful New Year. From the RCWC and team.

The Wednesday Welcome

The Wednesday Welcome

Our Perth affiliate is leading the way in welcoming new affiliates to the RCWC. Perth’s program leader Hinda Katzel put together a beautiful video about the RCWC, with which we are now launching ‘The Wednesday Welcome’. Every Wednesday until after Sukkot RCWC welcomes expressions of interest from new affiliates for the year 5784 (2023-24).

The RCWC joins in partnership with each affiliate, and together as a team we help each other grow, while bringing a sense of harmony and unity to Jewish women and thus to our community. The uniquely creative and engaging Rosh Chodesh program is well organised, fun, nurturing, informative, with a proven success record, and is easily implemented.

Any group of Jewish women can join as an affiliate, whether they are part of a school, organisation, Shule, business or a group of women who wish to get together and celebrate Rosh Chodesh. Special offers apply.

Eshet Chayil 5th Annual Event

Eshet Chayil 5th Annual Event

You are invited to an evening of inspiration at our fifth annual Eshet Chayil event, where daughters remember their late mothers and share their legacies as an inspiration for women from all sectors of the Jewish community. A catered supper and a meaningful program to take place in a local private home, on 11th Tishrei, Tuesday 26th September.

In memory of Rebbetzin Chaya Z. Kramer ז”ל for her yahrzeit on Yom Kippur. 

We will provide the location details after registering. Register here

Inner Circle Rosh Chodesh Event 2023

Inner Circle Rosh Chodesh Event

The day of Rosh Chodesh begins with a sliver of the moon, a sliver of potential of what could be. The power of a circle is that we are all the same – each however with our unique strengths and talents.

Potential. Equality. Uniqueness.
This is you. This is me. This is us.

Jewish women united in a circle, no matter their age or stage in their Judaism, simply helping each other, supporting each other and growing together. Let Us Connect.

Celebrate Rosh Chodesh Elul at our first Inner Circle Anniversary Event on Wednesday 16th August, from 8-9pm. RSVP for more details.

Perth Leads the Way

Perth Leads the Way

Tammuz Event
Perth Rosh Chodesh Women’s Circle celebrated the strength and resilience of women, and embarked on a journey of self-discovery and empowerment for Rosh Chodesh Tammuz. The highlight of the evening was the captivating talk by Debra Karro, who fearlessly shared her inspiring journey of battling cancer. Her unwavering faith in Hashem and her indomitable spirit left everyone in awe and encouraged us all to seek beauty in the everyday. This resonated deeply with the theme of the month, emphasising the power of women and the significance of Rosh Chodesh as a time to rejuvenate our spiritual energies. In an artistic activity, the women adorned compact mirrors with dazzling gems, representing their refusal to contribute to the creation of the golden calf and their initial donation of gold, silver, and precious stones for the Holy Temple. This feminine perspective showed how each woman holds the key to transforming our world.

Elul Event
Next week the Perth RCWC will celebrate Rosh Chodesh Elul with Story Presenter Michal Kitay and the ninety women or so who have registered for the event. Amazing! The Perth RCWC has grown from strength to strength in their two years as an Affiliate of the RCWC. 

The Perth Rosh Chodesh Women’s Circle was created for women of all backgrounds to come together and tap into the amazing energy and power of Rosh Chodesh. As an unaffiliated group in Perth they have successfully created a space where women can come together and recharge their spiritual batteries, meet new people and strengthen each other and the general Perth Jewish Community through their stories.

The Third Year
As they enter their third year the Perth group has agreed to mentor any new affiliates in addition to the mentoring, material and guidance all affiliates receive from the RCWC. Stay tuned for the special offers for affiliate subscribers for the year ahead – 5784 (2022-23). Check out our Affiliate project page and see if this is of interest to you and your group. Contact us for more information or to connect you with the Perth group.

Discovery Video Available

Discovery Video Available

“A diverse group of women from all sectors of the community gathered at the home of Sylvia Goldhirsch for the RCWC Nissan event. There was a keen sense of anticipation. The dining room table was beautifully set to mirror the theme of Liberation – with the splitting of the Red Sea and with décor, utensils and food all related. This created a delightful ambience…”

So begins the article by Ella Blesofsky describing the inaugural A Jewish Women: A Journey of Discovery event which took place on Rosh Chodesh Nissan, 22nd March. For the full article by Ella, enjoy our upcoming newsletter for Rosh Chodesh Elul which will be sent to your inbox. If you do not receive our newsletter, subscribe here.

The video of this event which featured Hadassa Naparstek, Miriam Suss, Miriam Pacanowski, and Miriam Segal is available to be viewed on our website by logging in or registering your interest to log in if you have not done so already.

Our next major event will be the Eshet Chayil event which will take place between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur.

Eshet Chayil Event

Eshet Chayil Event

A Woman of Valour, who can find?

We have found them, right here at the Rosh Chodesh Women’s Circle. As daughters remember and share their mothers wisdom and legacies, we have taken many of these Eshet Chayil’s beautiful lessons to heart.

Our 5th annual Eshet Chayil event will take place on the 4th day of Tishrei, 5784 – 19th September, 2023. Would you like to share your mother’s legacy? The event is video taped and serves as a lasting legacy for your family as well as the Jewish community. Read about the Eshet Chayil annual event here.

Connecting through Candle Lighting

Connecting through Candle Lighting

For the last year, our candle lighting and Rosh Chodesh days were accompanied by meditations in our Connecting through Candle Lighting project. Every year in the month of Nissan we change the focus of our messages.

This year, we are partaking in a small way the Dee Family project to incorporate the principles of Pirkei Avot – Ethics of our Fathers into our daily lives to make ourselves better people – in memory of Lucy, Maia and Rina Dee.

See here for the full content of the first Pirkei Avot lesson from the Dee Family.

Note: Candle Lighting Times for Melbourne are also available on our website home page.